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Lucifer's Hammer

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I remained unmoved; the last book of The Policeman trilogy achieved a level of profoundness that made this discussion feel like a sixth-graders’ debate (no offense to any sixth-graders who might be reading this). If you don't want to see βeta then select 'Always Hide βeta' and the comments will be hidden for you. Civilization simply falls apart as people are forced to defend themselves and whatever they were able to salvage from one another. But the last few I have read really unearthed things I didn't notice when I was younger, and this one, which was one of their early collaborations, really shows its age. Another "nuclear" option shows up in the climax of the book when the main characters resort to homemade poison gas to stop the cannibal army.

I think modern readers are jaded – so many disaster, postapocalyptic, end-of-world stories have come and gone. The novel is Crichton-nesque in its foundation in real science and level of detail; they carefully build the story and it teaches you a lot about comets/meteors and the havoc they can cause.I guess that it's a fascinating glimpse into everything that those of a certain mindset really fear? Jive Turkey: Most of the African-American characters sound like they stumbled out of a 1970s blaxploitation film.

They attack, but Jellison's outnumbered forces defeat them with the help of mustard gas and other weapons produced by Forrester. As the small details of survival go on, the book becomes very similar to Pat Frank's 1959 'Alas Babylon,' in the way it focuses on a small group in an isolated rural location, and the ins-and-outs of how they keep alive. The Night That Never Ends: In addition to the dust and debris thrown into the upper atmosphere, the massive amounts of water vaporized by the ocean impacts cause a perpetual 100% cloud cover (at one point in the book, it rains for a month) and thus a perpetual twilight. Anything in the way is doomed Tim has to share the accolades with a teenage boy though, from Iowa named Brown.The solar wind makes the comet's tail millions of miles long, always away from the Sun the giant comet composed of ice , gases and some rocks beautiful even magnificent to the sky watchers on Earth. Take your earthquakes, waterlogged condominiums, swarms of bugs, colliding airplanes, and flaming what-nots, wrap them up and they wouldn't match one page of Lucifer's Hammer for sweaty-palmed suspense.

There's also an awful lot of "neener-neener, how do you granola-crunching hippies like your 'natural living' now?Yes its the Earth but he builds a fictional reality in the current time that is completely believable and you live it along with the characters, who you get to know really well through all 600+ pages.

The Hamner-Brown comet, separately but concurrently discovered by a pair of very excited amateur astronomers, was still a very, very long way from the earth in a typical high eccentricity orbit having barely begun its descent toward the sun. It satisfied until the last few chapters, which centered on one of those philosophical debates about moving civilization forward or huddling by our fires in caves.The narration is good, though sometimes the narrator lacks the ability to make voices easily distinguishable, but that's a minor gripe. But still, this is a book that you will enjoy if you like the premise and don't pay much attention to subtext, but will probably annoy you if you do notice things like ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE BECOME CANNIBALS! Environmentalists, Black Panthers, Back to Nature types (including Hippies and proponents of organic farming), and assorted City Folk, who are led by a raving preacher who forces them into bloody cannibalistic rituals.

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